Cape Town and 3 000 penguins

Anastasia Travelsia
Feb 15
Sun, good weather, ocean, what else do you need for perfect vacations? I know the answer. It's emotions. Apart from the beaches here are a lot of extreme activities for everyone.
The best city in the World

I have heard that a few years ago from one famous person (don't remember exactly who it was). And after that Cape Town stayed firmly on my world map as a destination unmissable.

A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there's nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, is one of the most iconic landmarks in South Africa and is a World Heritage Site and also it"s a National Park. The quick ride by the Aerial Cableway will give you a bird’s eye view of the City. The top can also be reached on foot through a multitude of beautiful albeit exhausting, trails.

V&A Waterfront

What makes the V&A so great, is the diversity of things you can do. There are more than enough shops to supply you with whatever you need-be it clothes, food or accessories. That place can get very busy during the festive season, especially over new year. Even local residents feel as if they are on holiday here. You can't visit Cape Town and not visit here. It's kind of mandatory, and you won't get bored for hours.

Bo-Kaap district

The Bo-Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town has a rich and multicultural history. Formally known as the Malay Quarter, the district is rooted in Malaysian, African, Indian and Sri Lankan culture, largely a result of the descendants of the slaves who were brought over by Dutch imperialists in the 16th and 17th centuries. Don't miss come there and you will get an overview of Bo-Kaap’s best-known landmarks, including the colorful houses, hidden places to find local beers, multiple mosques and historical restaurants and shops.

Boulders Beach

This picturesque area, with enormous boulders dividing small, sandy coves, is home to a colony of some 3000 delightful African penguins. Here you can get down to the beach and mingle with the penguins. Don’t be tempted to pet them: they have sharp beaks that can cause serious injuries. Entrance fee around 20 USD.

Cape of Good Hope

In the Early Modern Era, the first European to reach the cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias on 12 March 1488, who named it the "Cape of Storms". It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as "Cape of Good Hope" because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East.

This 77.5-sq-km section of Table Mountain National Park includes awesome scenery, fantastic walks, great birdwatching and often-deserted beaches. There are many bus tours to the reserve but, if you have the time, hiking or cycling through it is much more rewarding.

Cape Point

Cape Point is often mistakenly claimed to be the place where the cold Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Agulhas Current of the Indian ocean collide. In fact, the meeting point fluctuates along the southern and southwestern Cape coast, usually occurring between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point.

The cape is located about 2.3 kilometers east and a little north of the Cape of Good Hope on the southwest. There are two lighthouses. One is at a lower elevation (87 meters above sea level) and the old lighthouse located at 262 meters above sea level.

Safari

This part of my adventure was good and enjoyable. I got lucky to see the entire 7 lions family right next to me from the van, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and some other wild animals. I made wonderful photographs. For people who have never had a chance to see the animals of Africa, it will a great option. However, the place is more like an open-air zoo rather than a nature preserve. The place is about 2 hours from Cape Town. Dry scrub brush appears to be the major vegetation, so most of the animals are not in their natural environments. The animals are feed by the preserve because of the drought and also because they are not in their native habitat.

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

South Africa has an incredibly diverse shark population. A quarter of the world’s shark species (98 to be precise) dwell in South African waters and around 40 of these call the waters around Cape Town home.

This full-day shark-diving experience takes you out into the open ocean off the shore of Seal Island and puts you within touching distance of one of the world’s most feared predators. Before jumping in, you'll learn about the sharks from the onboard marine biologist and expert guides. Breakfast, snacks and hotel pick up and drop off were included.

Let's spend adrenaline

Cape Town is the main destination for adventure travelers and adrenaline seekers. If you’re looking to do something out of the ordinary, this city get you covered from ziplining to Bungy Jumping from the Bridge!